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Mental Health and Wellbeing - Participating and thriving in our workplaces

Good work is good for our mental health and wellbeing. It’s about participating and thriving in our workplaces. Participation in work gives us something meaningful to do and something to look forward to. Work gives us identity, social connections, sense of community and financial security.

Mental ill health can stand in the way. Too many workers are missing out on work due to mental ill health. We will all be touched by mental ill health at some stage in our lives and we need to be able to welcome and support people with mental ill health into our workplaces.

  • 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition.
  • The typical age of onset for mental ill health is late teens to early 20s.
  • There are a large number of workers who are carers for family or friends with mental ill health.

Leaders at all levels are critical for creating a culture of good mental health and wellbeing. Senior leaders need to set the ‘tone from the top’ in our workplaces to create mentally healthy workplaces.

Creating the right work environment and managing potential sources of harm will benefit everyone at work. This can be achieved by designing good work for good mental health and addressing risks to mental health in the workplace.

Recognising when someone may be unwell and offering support and assistance can help workers to thrive at work and prevent the worker from becoming ill, talking long term sick leave or needing to submit a workers compensation claim.

Getting mental health and wellbeing at work right leads to increased worker job satisfaction, engagement, productivity, improved mental health and wellbeing and leads to less workplace injury and workers’ compensation claims.


Page last updated: 13 Dec 2018